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Nope.  Most were 80 footers.

The Atlas Trainman 60' coaches were patterned after actual C&NW prototypes.


To add to Rusty's comments there are several cars in the 64'-72' range but they are not as common as the model railroad industry would have us believe.  As stated most were 80' cars.  Pullman Standards designs settled on 80' in the wood era of the 19th century with only some exceptions.  However notable exceptions include:

  • The Harriman fleet largely used by SP, UP and some others.  They were built in 64' and 72' sizes.  Some of the early baggage cars were 30'. 
  • Several Anthracite roads utilized 72' cars but normally on 2 axle trucks.  They didn't run the long distances that some the larger roads did.
  • ATSF had a series of chair cars that were in the 70'-72' range.  I'd like to find a donor car to kitbash into one as they could be found at the end of the fast mail trains.  Famously the first streamlined RPOs were 53'. 
  • Headend cars were often in the 70'-72' range.

Like everything it pays to know the prototype if that kind of thing interests you.  Like steam locomotives at the time, very few roads orders large fleets of passenger cars at once and there were a lot of builders.  When the streamlined era came along, then you start seeing more standard lengths with the ultimate standard length being 85' to this day.  This is partially due to the fact during the streamlined era, most of the new cars were predominantly built by three builders, Pullman Standard, Budd, and ACF. 

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